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Sen. John McCain during a news conference supporting a pardon for  boxer Jack Johnson, shown in stand up photo at right, in this file photo. Behind McCain are referee Richard Steele, left, a member of the World Boxing Hall of Fame, and Iran Barkley, a former WBB boxing champion.

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Sen. John McCain during a news conference supporting a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson, shown in stand up photo at right, in this file photo. Behind McCain are referee Richard Steele, left, a member of the World Boxing Hall of Fame, and Iran Barkley, a former WBB boxing champion.

Harry Reid, Mike Tyson: In the Same Ring for Jack Johnson (Bell)

Harry Reid was a boxer in his time (amateur lightweight). Mike Tyson was a boxer in his days (heavyweight champion). The late Jack Johnson remains a boxing legend. Now the Senate majority leader from Searchlight, Nevada, and the tattooed darling...

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A copy of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service 1040 Individual Income Tax form for the 2011 tax year belonging to President Barack Obama and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama.

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A copy of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service 1040 Individual Income Tax form for the 2011 tax year belonging to President Barack Obama and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama.

Obama’s Pay Cut (Tax Break)

Talk about a circular transaction. President Barack Obama could be able to claim a tax break for his decision to return 5 percent of his salary to the government. Obama is giving back part of his $400,000 in salary in solidarity with federal...

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House Energy and Commerce Committee member Rep. Bill Cassidy, left, greets Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, right, before a hearing about the impact of the health care reform act on states on March 1, 2011 in Washington, DC.

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House Energy and Commerce Committee member Rep. Bill Cassidy, left, greets Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, right, before a hearing about the impact of the health care reform act on states on March 1, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Why Candidates for Congress Are Announcing Campaigns This Week

There’s been a spurt of 2014 candidacy announcements for Congress this week. Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican, said today that he’ll challenge Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. Tony Strickland, a former California Republican legislator, and Pete Aguilar, a California Democrat...

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Job seekers wait in a line to see recruiters at a job fair organized by United Career Fairs in New York, on Feb. 19, 2013.

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Job seekers wait in a line to see recruiters at a job fair organized by United Career Fairs in New York, on Feb. 19, 2013.

Economists Mark Down Payroll Forecasts as Data Disappoint

The last few bits of data ahead of April 6 figures from the Labor Department are in, and the results were disappointing. The data are prompting some economists to cut payroll forecasts. Among the ingredients analysts toss into concocting their...

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Participants take part in a mass yoga class to mark the summer solstice on Times Square in New York.

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Participants take part in a mass yoga class to mark the summer solstice on Times Square in New York.

Yoga: White House Says ‘Namaste’

Organizing for Yoga. It is now White House-certified. Along with The President’s Challenge, and the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, and the first lady’s Let’s Move campaign, the Obama administration is heartily endorsing Yoga — the “universal language of spiritual exercise.”...

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Student Federico Paseiro wears a T-Shirt with a message that reads "Undocumented," at a meeting for "Dreamers' Moms" March 20, 2013 at a Miami church.

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Student Federico Paseiro wears a T-Shirt with a message that reads "Undocumented," at a meeting for "Dreamers' Moms" March 20, 2013 at a Miami church.

Path to Citizenship Partisan? It Depends

A path to citizenship? A partisan divide? It depends on the question. With a Washington Post/ABC News poll today showing that 57 percent of registered voters support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, it finds that only 35 percent...

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford addresses supporters in Charleston, S.C., on March 19, 2013, after advancing to the GOP primary runoff in a race for a vacant South Carolina congressional seat.

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford addresses supporters in Charleston, S.C., on March 19, 2013, after advancing to the GOP primary runoff in a race for a vacant South Carolina congressional seat.

Mark Sanford’s ‘Ping-Pong Match’

Updated at 5:25 pm EDT Mark Sanford played “a ping-pong match” in his gut. He won, deciding to go for an open congressional seat after bowing out of public life a few years back following an extramarital affair that coined...

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A makeshift memorial for the 12 movie theater shooting victims built across the street from the Century 16 Theater on July 27, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado.

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A makeshift memorial for the 12 movie theater shooting victims built across the street from the Century 16 Theater on July 27, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado.

Washington Daybook: Obama Heads West

President Barack Obama will stop in Denver to speak with local law enforcement officials and community leaders in an effort to ramp up pressure on Congress to pass, or at least vote on, gun control laws. Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO...

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the wharf near the PortMiami tunnel project in Miami, Florida on March 29, 2013.

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the wharf near the PortMiami tunnel project in Miami, Florida on March 29, 2013.

Obama’s Post-Election Fundraising: Replenishing a Party

With a quartet of California fundraisers, President Barack Obama will test his ability to replenish his party’s campaign accounts without the threat of his defeat to motivate Democratic donors. Obama leaves Washington today for a Western trip that is four...

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, presents his budget plan during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, presents his budget plan during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.

House Republicans Target Seven Democrats on Budget Votes

The campaign arm of the House Republicans is attacking some Democratic incumbents for their votes on federal budget policy in new television ads airing today. Two of the ads from the National Republican Congressional Committee — in charge of defending...

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